LARA GLENUM is the author of four books of poetry, including The Hounds of No, Maximum Gaga, and Pop Corpse!—all from Action Books—as well as All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums (Spork Books). She is also the co-editor of Gurlesque, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art (Saturnalia Books). She is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Louisiana State University.
MELANIE HUBBARD’s publications include We Have With Us Your Sky (Subito, 2012) and Gilbi Winco Swags (Cannibal, 2008). She is writing a book on Emily Dickinson’s linguistic-philosophical education and has most recently taught at New College of Florida. These illuminated pages are from her current work-in-progress, a treatment of the 1924 book Auto-Suggestion for Mothers.
Auto-Suggestion for Mothers is an erasure of a 1924 book by the same name, a domestic psychology manual which stipulates that the mother, in her power to mold the child’s every habit, use subliminal suggestion during the child’s half-conscious states at bedtime and mornings. Relying on chance and also my own suggestibility, I eliminate most of the rational, persuasive text in order to challenge, play with, undermine, and explore its arguments.
“a child pulses” appeared in the online edition of Small Po[r]tions, issue 1, February 2014.
JOSEPH MOSCONI is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and co-edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. He is the author of Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013) and Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Press, 2014). Writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Triple Canopy, Material, Abraham Lincoln and other journals.
MARTHE REED is the author of four books: Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain (Unlikely Books 2013), (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink 2007). A fifth book of poems will be published by Lavender Ink (2014). She has also published chapbooks as part of the Dusie Kollektiv, as well as with above / ground press and Shirt Pocket Press. Her collaborative chapbook thrown, text by j hastain with Reed’s collages, won the 2013 Smoking Glue Gun contest and will appear in 2014. She is Co-Publisher of Black Radish Books.
A version of “Wasted” first appeared in The Volta‘s They Will Sew The Blue Sail, January 1, 2014.